We’re a little behind on these but there was no way we could let these ensembles pass by without bestowing the blessings of our judgment upon them. We are as God made us, darlings. Judgmental.
Anyway, this trip was kind of a big deal for Miss Cathy and she needed to make a strong showing. There are have been all kinds of rumors swirling about the state of her marriage and/or her husband’s commitment to his duties recently. If that wasn’t enough, this is the city where her mother-in-law died, giving the visit quite a bit of emotional and even historic weight. Girlfriend couldn’t mess up the style on this one. And for the most part, she did pretty well.
It’s always a smart idea to work a little Chanel into your Paris trip as part of your charm offensive. It is written. She did well here. Everything about this look speaks to her preferences – it’s a coat dress, with lapels, pleats and a belt – but the textile and the flare of the sleeves give it a more stylish feel.
We used to think the thing where they both dress in the same colors was cute and savvy, but we’re not so sure anymore.
This is one of those rare times when we think that particular skirt length works beautifully. The proportions, with the inclusion of the ankle strap, are exactly right. For such a relatively simple black lace dress, it’s a fairly stylish look. The jewelry is spectacular. She seems to hate them, but this might have been improved by an up do or pulling her hair off her face a bit.
This is kind of where she loses us, we’re afraid. Picking up on the last critique, this is probably the hair she should’ve sported with that dress and this is probably the dress where she should’ve gone for the full up do. That’s a minor (though persistent with her) point. The real issue is the dress itself. It’s pretty enough, but boy, is it stale and mumsy. This would look perfectly appropriate on a woman forty years her senior, which is exactly the problem with it. We’re not asking for edgy or glam looks. Neither of the two looks above this one could reasonably be described that way, but they look stylish and age-appropriate. It’s such a cliche to say this anymore, but there’s no better descriptor than calling it a Mother of the Bride dress.
Will’s not doing so great. There’s no excuse for a man of his station and role to be wearing ill-fitted suits and tuxedos.
1st Look: Chanel Dress Coat | Chanel Belt | Cartier Jewelry | Chanel Nouvelle Flap Bag | Tod’s Fringed Leather Pump
2nd Look: Alexander McQueen Black Dress with Belt | Balenciaga Earrings | Gianvito Rossi Shoes
3rd Look: Jenny Packham Bead and Sequin-Embellished Gown | Jenny Packham ‘Casa’ Clutch | Oscar de la Renta Platinum Lamé Cabrina Pump
[Photo Credit: Getty Images, Ian Vogler/PA Images/INSTARimages, Dominic Lipinski/PA Images/INSTARimages.com]